First Division - Day 14

Real Madrid 3 - Sevilla 4

Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado, Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro, Marcelo (Bueno 87'); Guti, Gago, Van der Vaart (Drenthe 46'); Higuaín, Raúl, Robben. 4-3-3.
Sevilla: Palop; Konko, Squillaci, Escudé, Fernando Navarro (Dragutinovic 91'); Duscher, Romaric (Fazio 75'); Jesús Navas, Renato, Adriano (Diego Capel 71'); Kanouté. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Madrid: Michel Salgado, Cannavaro, Van der Vaart, Higuaín, Robben for Miguel Torres, Pepe, Sneijder, Saviola, Drenthe / Sevilla: Konko, Duscher, Romaric, Jesús Navas, Renato for Mosquera, De Mul, Maresca, Fazio, Luis Fabiano.

0-1. 03. Adriano. Turned ball in on far post after Casillas pushed on Navas cross.
1-1. 18. Raúl. Got ahead of marker to head Guti free kick down inside near post.
1-2. 21. Romaric. Header down into far corner of net from wide Navas free kick.
1-3. 38. Kanouté. Steered shot in to net after Adriano shot blocked by defence.
2-3. 66. Higuaín. Ran on from midfield and drove angled shot wide of Palop.
3-3. 68. Gago. Got on end of Guti's wide free kick to head down inside far post.
3-4. 84. Renato. Header wide of Casillas near to goal from Kanouté's cross.

Yellow cards: Marcelo 20', Navas 31', Escudé 48', Robben 50', 77', Kanouté 54', Gago 65', Navarro 67', Renato 77', Guti 88' / red cards: Robben 77'.

Real Madrid's slide down the table continues, and they drop out of the Champions League spots after a 3-4 defeat at the hands of Sevilla. The match was proceeded by a raucous general meeting of Real Madrid's members, and club president Ramón Calderón's relief for that to be over was only short lived as Adriano put the visitors ahead in only the third minute. Raúl equalised a few minutes later from Guti's wide free kick, but Romaric restored the lead with another header from a free kick just three minutes afterwards.

Van der Vaart tested Palop a couple of times after that, but Kanouté beat Casillas a third time to give the Andalusians a two goal lead at the interval. The crowd whistled the players off at the break, but Bernd Schuster's team fought back to level the scores once again, Higuaín running through from midfield to beat Palop and Gago heading a third from Guti's free kick.

Now the crowd were on their side, and Robben almost put his team ahead with an impressive run which ended with Palop tipping his shot on to the post. A couple of minutes later though referee González Vázquez turned down a strong penalty appeal after Palop held on to Higuaín's shirt, and Robben's protests were met with a second yellow card.

With a man advantage Sevilla took advantage to win the match, Renato heading in Kanouté's cross to take the Andalusians ahead of their opponents in the table. A blow to Madrid's hopes, and next week they have to visit the Nou Camp already nine points behind the leaders.